Hassan Whiteside, just a year after leading the NBA in blocks per game (3.7) during the 2015-16 campaign, led the league in rebounds per game (14.1) last season. In addition to his staggering rebounding numbers, Whiteside also averaged 17.0 points (on 55.7 percent from the field) and 2.1 blocks per game during the 2016-17 season, which made him one of the premier Fantasy options at center. While his blocks per game did take a hit last season, it was in large part due to opponents challenging him less at the rim rather than him taking a step backward skill-wise, as evidenced by the fact that he still ranked fourth in the league in defensive rating. The Heat's roster will be almost entirely the same next season, except for the addition of Kelly Olynyk. Though Olynyk spent 91 percent of his time at center last season, the Heat's front office and coaching staff seems to believe he can play next to Whiteside at power forward for significant chunks of games. If that's so, Whiteside's workload and production should be minimally affected, if at all.
Whiteside tallied 24 points (10-17 FG, 4-6 FT), 18 rebounds and two blocks across 31 minutes in Wednesday's 110-102 victory over the Wizards. With the Heat right on the cusp of a playoff berth, Whiteside brought his A-game to the floor tonight, but unfortunately, the cards did not fall in the team's favor, as the Bulls won and hold the tiebreaker over the Heat. Whiteside finishes the season averaging a double-double with 17 points and 14 rebounds per game, very respectable numbers from a developing big man who looks to be the focal point of the Heat organization in upcoming years.
Whiteside scored 23 points (8-14 FG, 7-12 FT) with 18 rebounds, two blocks, one assist and one steal across 36 minutes in Monday's 124-121 overtime win against the Cavs. With Tristan Thompson sitting out again the Cavs really didn't have an answer for Whiteside in the paint and he took advantage by posting his sixth straight double-double. With the win Monday the Heat remain in the hunt for the playoffs, which means Whiteside will be going all out in the final game of the season against the Wizards on Wednesday.
Whiteside contributed 30 points (12-19 FG, 6-9 FT), 12 rebounds, three blocks, two steals and two assists across 37 minutes during Saturday's 106-103 victory over the Wizards. Whiteside recorded 30 points for the first time since Feb. 4 against the 76ers, making easy work of the Wizards' frontline. He also recorded combined five steals and blocks Saturday, doing so for the first time since March 21 against the Suns. He continues to be one of the most reliable big man sources of double-doubles and defensive statistics, averaging 16.6 points, 14.1 rebounds, 2.1 blocks and 0.7 steals per game. He can seemingly be employed in nearly every format safely, regardless of matchup.
Whiteside posted 13 points (5-9 FG, 3-3 FT), 20 rebounds, three blocks and one steal across 31 minutes in a 112-99 win over the Hornets on Wednesday. Whiteside took advantage of Charlotte's rotation of smaller bigs all night on the glass on the way to his seventh game with at least 20 rebounds this season. The springy center also recorded above his season average for blocks for the third time in his last four games. There's no sign that Whiteside will slow down his pace as the Heat continue to duke it out for one the Eastern Conference's final playoff spots, and fantasy owners in all formats can play him confidently at least until that changes.
Whiteside recorded 16 points (6-12 FG, 4-6 FT), 12 rebounds, three blocks and two assists across 33 minutes during Sunday's 116-113 loss to the Nuggets. Whiteside had his hands full with Niokla Jokic and the rest of the Denver frontcourt, but he managed to record yet another double-double while exceeding his season average for blocks. He also continued a recent trend of improved free throw shooting and has now knocked down 78 percent of his foul shots over the last 12 games. Whiteside continues to provide elite fantasy production at the center position and should continue to do so as Miami battles for their playoff lives down the stretch.
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